Don’t Take a Tide Pod Challenge, Draw It at Kids’ Comic Con in Cleveland Heights

Sat 3/17 @ 9:30AM-3PM

In 1955 the U.S. Senate held hearings into alleged ties between the comic-book industry and youth violence. Today comics are bigger than ever, probably more popular to most folks than the U.S. Senate. And those would-be delinquents so feared by our legislators are welcome to a Kids’ Comic Con.

It is the sixth year for the event, created by Lake Erie Ink, a creative writing program for young people. The Comic Con, aimed at ages 8-18, brings comics artist/writers in various genres, media and styles, to show off and sell their work as well as mentor youthful fans and up-and-comers.

Guests include Michael San Giacomo, a Plain Dealer columnist who has made comics his beat; Cleveland’s Kate Atherton, whose comics and drawings illustrate projects of the Talespinners Children’s Theatre; longtime local reporter/critic/illustrator Karen Sandstrom; the creative team behind Vagabond Comics; and other artists and writers. Kids will workshop with the pros in creating their original comics by the end of the day.

Yes, cosplay is encouraged. Lunch will be sold onsite or would-be young starving comics creatives can bring their own.

Admission is $10 at the door, and scholarships are available. Adults are welcome — if accompanied by a child. Register here.

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[Written by Charles Cassady]

 

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